SNH poised to en­force deer cull

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power vested in SNH un­der the Deer Scot­land Act 1996).”

The row over deer culls goes back more than five years and cen­tres on Ard­var Wood­land, 680 acres of birch and na­tive oak trees pro­tected un­der Euro­pean dev­as­tate the deer pop­u­la­tion and im­pact the in­come from deer stalk­ing.

An SNH spokesman said the deer man­age­ment group reached an agree­ment last sum­mer to re­duce deer num­bers but that “this was not de­liv­ered”.

Last month, the board agreed to make a fi­nal of­fer of a Sec­tion 7 vol­un­tary agree­ment (un­der the Deer Scot­land Act 1996) to re­duce deer num­bers on the es­tate – but this has not been agreed on.

In a state­ment Mr MacLeod said: “SNH is a quango gone mad and we are cer­tainly not go­ing to sign any Sec­tion 7.

“We’re fenc­ing off the wood­land to keep the deer off – that is all in progress.

“But it’s still not good enough for SNH.”

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